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. >>> "outfront" next. north korea scrapping a 60-year armistice with the south. has kim jong-un gone too far, and dennis rodman speaks again. >>> controversy in europe after horse meat is discovered at restaurants. so why is horse meat about to be processed here in the united states? >>> and i sit down with the former first lady, laura bush. how she sees the gop changing. let's go "outfront." >>> and good evening, everyone, i'm erin burnett. tough talk from north korea. today north korean officials scrapped the armistice that's created nearly 60 years of peace, uneasy peace, but peace with south korea. this after the u.n. security council unanimously passed tougher sanctions thursday against pyongyang. the reason for those sanctions, north korea's third nuclear test. north korea also threatened in an editorial in its state-run newspaper that, quote, as the armistice agreement has been nullified, no one can expect what will happen next. so is this just your run-of-the-mill sabre rattling, or does north korea's new young leader have something to prove and have the will to prove it? president o
images of dictator kim jong un studying a series of charts allegedly containing plans for a strike on the u.s. mainland. elizabeth pran is live. are we hearing from the white house on this? >> we are. white house announcing a legally coast rhetoric and the threats are more of a familiar pattern. new reports of fighter jets are arriving in south korea for joint exercises, latest demonstration meant to deter from pyongyang. they conducted annual air power drills that did include b-2 stealth bombers. chairman spoke about the country's bullying language this morning. >> i wouldn't be that concerned about them in the mainland u.s. right now or even in the u.s. territory. i think the real threat is to what north korea might be boxing itself into. >> reporter: he went on to say there is no purpose to have direct talks with the leader and staff comparing them to an organized crime family running the territory. >> heather: so kim jong un he has listed a number of other threats. what else is he demanding? >> reporter: the young leader is threatening to close one of the biggest sources of emp
developing story. elizabeth. >> along with the threat of war, just this morning, kim jong-un threatened to shut down the caisson industrial complex, a zone of industrial plants from both north and south korea not far from the border. the park which continues to operate normally produce 470 million dollars worth of goods last year alone. south korea says the threat is quote, unhelpful to the country's already unstable relations. and yet, the young leader continues his chest-pounding rhetoric with these photos of an elaborate rocket plan to targeting both military bases, as well as cities in the u.s. it's not believed that north korea has the missile technology to strike the u.s. mainland, but it's capable of targeting neighboring countries and even selected u.s. military bases within those regions. he claims to be responding to the military drills in neighboring south korea. state department officials say the decision to send the bombers was part of the normal exercise. they're not ignoring. >> rather than threaten to abrogate or threaten to move in some direction, the world would be bes
with his new friend the north korean leader kim jong-un. >>> president obama is taking his new outreach campaign directly to capitol hill just as leading republicans are reviving parts of their agenda from the 2012 presidential campaign. his former rival house budget committee chairman paul ryan sounded a lot like he did back out there on the campaign trail last year. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash is joining us live from capitol hill right now. dana, what's the latest that's going on because there's a lot of activity. >> reporter: there sure is. you know, wolf, one of the reasons he picked paul ryan as his runningmate because ryan is considered one of the smartest minds and best spokespeople on the issue of republican economic principles and today ryan doubled down on those ideas. if all this looks familiar, it should. >> the house budget committee republican majority, putting out yet again a budget that addresses america's need. >> reporter: there are some differences between this paul ryan budget and those in years past. the biggest, the election day smackdown ryan a
bad boy dennis rodman vows to be friends forever with north korea's kim jong-un. >>> plus, tiger woods puts on the hip waiters to test the waters. >>> and the faa isn't happy about these passengers doing the harlem shake. >>> good morning. the obama administration offers a powerful message to the supreme court. overturn california's ban on same-sex marriage. the court is gearing up to hear two cases on the topic later this season in the brief. officials say the ban violates the constitution's equal protection clause. same-sex marriage remains an issue dividing many americanings. only nine states in the district of columbia allow for same-sex marriages. it took an interesting turn later this week when several high-profile republicans came out in support of the movement. they include john huntsman and last year's rnc featured guest and famous open-chair talker, actor clint eastwood. >>> well, it is sequester day in washington. a meeting is set for later this morning at the white house between president obama and congressional leaders, but it might be too little, too late. lawmakers have
making process. obviously, there's a lot of speculation. people are wondering, did kim jong-un get the message that was delivered by china, by russia, and so many others, to dial back the rhetoric and all the talk of near war on the peninsula, missile strikes on the continental united states. did he hear that message? is that why we're seeing all of this? even some north korean experts say kim jong-un was painting himself into a corner with all of that. he was whipping up so much national fervor and getting people geared up to go to war that it could backfire on him. he could lose credibility or even worse, he can find himself in a position where he had to make good on some of those threats in order to maintain a standing in the eyes of his own people. there's little doubt, at this point, that over the course of the next hours and days, all eyes from washington to beijing, from here in seoul to moscow, are going to be on north korea and kim jong-un to try to see what he does say, to try to listen closely and find out what the next move of pyongyang will be. alison? >> okay, jim cla
. >>> an all-time odd couple. kim jong-un and former nba bad boy dennis rodman watching a basketball game together in pyongyang. rodman quoted as telling the leader of north korea, quote, you have a friend for life. >>> at the pga honda classic in florida, tiger woods had one that landed in a water hazard. so he took off his shoes and socks and got wet to hit it out and save his par. finishing his day 6 back of the leader. >>> the latest version of the internet dance craze. is the miami heat. they were trying to have fun with what it might be called not the harlem shake, maybe we should call this the south beach shake or something like that. >>> you're watching "early today." good morning and welcome back. temperatures look mild on the west coast for today. we're in the 40s and 50s. l.a. is at about 52 degrees with a huge warmup later on this afternoon. it should once again top out in the 80s. wet in seattle today, an inch or two is possible extreme northwestern washington state and then as we go into tomorrow we should get a break from the heaviest rain inland but it will be falling alon
a day after kim jong-un ran a mock strike. pyongyang has stepped up its rhetoric in recent days. over what it calls hostile, ongoing military drill s betwee south korea and the u.s. although north korea is believed to lack the technology to carry out such an attack washington says it's deploying more anti-missile batteries in alaska to counter a possible threat. >>> a massive man hunt continues this morning as colorado police search for the cold-blooded killer of the head of the state department's state corrections. tom clements was shot at his front door tuesday night in monument, just north of colorado springs. investigators say due to his position as executive director of the corrections department there could be any number of people who may have had a motive to target him. state police have few leads but they are looking for a vehicle that according to a neighbor was left running outside just minutes before the murder. >> that's being described as something lar to, perhaps a late '80s early '90s lincoln, perhaps a cadillac, something of that nature. it's a boxy-style vehicle, if w
to the tension. here is a picture north korea released showing president kim jong-un and his generals in what looks like some kind of a war room and on the wall a map that appears to show a diagram of missal routes targeting hawaii, los angeles, washington and austin, texas. the u.s. is now considering its next move with a country that has a long history of trouble making. elizabeth is live in washington with more. elizabeth? >> we are getting fresh reaction from the security council. a spokeswoman released a statement and in part it says we take these threats seriously and remain in contact with our south korean allies. but we would also note that north korea has a long history of rhetoric and threats. today's announcement follows that familiar pattern. she went on to say the council and the defense department remains fully prepared and capable of defending the u.s. and our allies. >> it has rach cheted up. it has ratcheted up, the danger, and we have to understand that reality. we, the united states, south koreans, all of the nations in that region of the world are committed to a pathway to
kim jong-un declared the korean peninsula was in a state of of war. we had a presence there and have had since fighting in the korean war ended in a cease-fire in 1953 with no official peace treaty there. and holding trills and the b-2 bombers just left and now we're learning that f-22 fighter jets arrived for more joint exercises. and they're the most advanced in our air force. elizabeth prann. >> the muscle flexing continues. reports are u.s. military officials are flying f 22 stealth fighter jets in joint exercise was south korea. the f-22 raptor technology is known for being unmatched. the advanced fighter jet is incredible to radar and air defense systems. the arrival of the f-22 is coming just days after the u.s. trained over south current turf with both b-2 bombers, as well as-- or b-52 bombers as well as b-52 stealth bombers. former ambassador john bolton tells fox news the u.s. main land should not be as concerned as north korea's neighboring countries such as south korea and japan. he doesn't discredit the possibility of future violence in that region. >> i think these thre
that armistice agreement that fundamentally ended the korean war back in 1953. north korean leader kim jong-un has been down visiting his front-line troops and basically gave them a big war cry, saying to lull the enemy into the caldron, to break their waist and crack their wind pipes, a very visual and motive language, but we are used to that rhetoric coming from him, but while he was rallying the troops, the south koreans and the u.s. military are holding those joint military drills on the korean peninsula. and south korea has said that if there is any military provocation from pyongyang, that it will respond in a resolute and destructive manner, john. >> we're looking at pictures of these military drills just a second ago, and the u.s. and south korea, we have conducted drills like this before, so the question is, why is north korea really reacting so acongreggres here? >> reporter: it's a great question, john, because as you say, this is something that happens every single year. the americans and the south koreans, they are using some pretty advanced weaponry, the f-52 stealth, the b-52 bo
if the threats are indications of real insecurity in the regime or kim jong un's way of asserting authority. >> we don't really know the internal situation in terms of what he might have to do or who he might have to owe in terms of the ability to sustain power. >> reporter: in fact, u.s. officials tell us that it is extre extremely difficult to get human intelligence on the inner workings of the regime. they're not as worried about the big grand scale attack, but they are worried about smaller provocations like shelling some of those islands there near south korea that could lead to a tit for tat response and really see things escalate on the peninsula. ka kate? >> this is just the latest in a string of threats as you well know and you've talked about. thanks so much from the pentagon for us this evening. >>> let's dig deeper on this now with the veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, former new mexico governor and u.n. ambassador bill richardson. i don't need to remind our viewers, governor, but you have been to north korea a number of times and most recently just in january. thanks so much f
. >>> kim jong-un has ordered his military to prepare for missile strikes against the u.s. right after american stealth bombers flew a warning mission 50 miles from the border. jim avila has the latest from the white house. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, george. these are fresh threats from the north korean, public demonstration, troop movements and propaganda video promising to destroy american bombers. north korea is revving up its people holding anti-american rallies with thousands chanting anti-u.s. and south korean rhetoric. its leader promising to ready its rockets to settle accounts with the united states. the u.s. monitoring their troop movements, which reportedly include repositioning troops from their midrange missile launching site to long range base. north korea's propaganda machine publishing two new pictures, one an image of leader kim jong-un appearing to direct flight or attack plans on the board behind him and in reaction to the u.s. stealth bomb flyover yesterday, this picture of north korean missiles blowing up the unstealth b-52 bomber. the united sta
out for a mass rally after kim jong un ordered market. north korea is ready to settle accounts with the u.s. this coming after the u.s. announced that b. 2 stealth bombers took part in south korea. the u.s. is troubled by the rising tensions. >> it is north korea very dangerous today? i think provocative actions and belligerent tone has ratcheted up. the danger. >> it is not believed north korea could launch a full scale attack. where a u.s. army veteran working alongside al qaeda. eric arrested after returning to turkey allegedly fighting terrorists syrian are a vietnamese. he served with the army in 2000 to 2003. this one of the videos he posted online to brag about his connection to al qaeda in iraq and down ago helicopter. court documents state he hates al qaeda and only trying to overturn al qaeda's regime. dr. hector castro, his assistant and four dozen others are accused of still more than half a dozen oxycodone pills in new york, new jersey and pennsylvania. investigation was launched when astro's name was involved in a pill bottle in a deadly overdose. investigators sa
with dennis rodman and kim jong-un together. >> they look great together. >> they look odd together. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." >> it is friday -- friday, march 1st. 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're going to get started right now. there is a terrifying ordeal unfolding as we speak. a man disappeared in a sink hole that opened up under his bedroom. the home is unsafe right now. this happened at a house about 15 miles east of tampa. one brother frantically tried to save another. the first responders had to pull him from the edge because the sink hole kept growing. the missing man is 36 years old. the tampa day times says crews are using gear to listen for sound from him. so far, they have not been able to make any kind of contact. we'll have a live report in just a few moments. >> wow. the details on that just opened up? >> really scary. >> crazy. all right. right now wildfire spreading across river side county in california. it forced people to evacuate their homes. you'll understand why when you look at these pictures. 200 firefighters are battling the blaze. authoritie
. this comes at the end of the week in which kim jong-un ended the 60-year peace deal with south korea and threatened the united states with a preemptive nuclear attack. joining me now is william cohen and, sir, i'm so glad you're here because this is kind of frightening jargon that's coming out of kim jong-un. i mean, is there any way to gauge how serious these threats are? to make sure this isn't all just bluster? >> well, there is a lot of bluster, but i think that he would understand that any threat to the united states that he seeks to carry out would be met with a response that certainly would alter the geography in that region of the world. and i think what we have to do, three things, number one, we have to lower the rhetoric, which we have done. we have to increase the training and readiness, which we're also doing of our troops in the region along with the south korean forces. and what we also have to do is intensify the sanctions against the north korean regime, which we're doing. and the final thing is president obama said we will reach out to you with an open hand, but we
exercises and chanting against the united states. leader kim jong-un is urging his military to be on high alert and threatening the u.s. with nuclear attacks. but u.s. officials say any warhead being built by the north is nowhere near completion. >>> senate democrats unveiled legislation to prevent a government shutdown but the measure stopped short of easing any widespread pain from the sequester's automatic spending cuts. the catch-all bill will fund the day-to-day operations of government through september 30th. the bill expands on house gop legislation that passed last week. later this morning, paul ryan is expected to release his budget proposal. >>> the man accused in the deadly aurora colorado massacre is expected to enter a plea in court today. court documents confirm that 25-year-old james holmes has asked to enter an insanity plea to 166 counts of felony murder. that plea comes with conditions. late last night a judge ruled holmes has to be drugged for a state psychiatric exam. 12 people were killed and 76 others injured in that colorado movie theater shooting. >>> los angeles a
. >>> overseas this evening to the intensifying threat from north korea. the new leader kim jong un and his unexpectedly quick advance have the u.s. on heightened alert. last night we reported on two more short-range missiles. the pentagon is adding to intercepters already in place along the west coast. they are deploying 14 new intercepters in alaska. they are designed to detect a north korean launch with satellites and radars. they would be fired off. i want to bring in martha raddatz tonight. you reported that this system as a whole has had mixed results. >> it has, david. the pentagon says they have confidence in the system, but these ground-based intercepters have a spotty record. in december 2010 after a failed test, the testing was suspended. but in january of this year, there was a successful intercept. >> you and i were talking about the bigger picture, when you hear the u.s. is bolstering its defense along the coast, it sounds like something out of the cold war, how serious is this? >> the u.s. doesn't think north korea is going to launch a missile and is years away from being abl
again and reportedly readying its military. the leader there kim jong un says his rockets are ready to quote settle accounts with the united states. this comes one day after a powerful military message from us to them the pentagon sending two nuclear-capable stealth bombers on a fly over right around the korean peninsula to make sure they saw it. jennifer griffin is live at the pentagon with more on this continuing to develop story. so, jennifer, what is north korea specifically planning to do? what are they saying? >> reporter: well it's difficult to say, jenna, but right now kim jong un is backing himself into a corner and the pentagon is very worried that he may put himself in a position that if he doesn't do something he will lose face. shortly after midnight local time last night north korean state television reported that kim jong un signed orders to put the nation's rockets on combat ready status. the direct threat to the u.s. in the wake of those b-2 bomber flights over the peninsula were cleared the animated north korean news reader said of kim, quote he finally signed the
rhetoric, threatening to rain death and destruction on the u.s. and south korea, kim jong un seems to have taken a day off. perhaps the north korean leader ran out of things to say. north korea had warned saturday that the korean peninsula had entered what it called a state of war and threatened to shut down a border factory complex that's the last major symbol of interkorean cooperation. in fact, the peninsula has been in a technical state of war for 60 years. for all the rhetoric including a vow to launch a nuclear strike on the u.s., experts believe a full-sized conflict is extremely unlikely. but the growing tensions during which the north has renounced an armistice and cut lines across have raised fears here that a misjudgment between the sides could lead to a clash which could easily escalate. don't forget, also, that the u.s. has just under 30,000 troops stationed here. for its part, the white house said this weekend that the u.s. is taking the new threat seriously but also noted that pyongyang does have a history of bellicose rhetoric. richard? >> ian williams, thank you so much. n
-- where he says he became friends with leader kim jong un. he's even planning to vacation with him this summer. rodman say kim jong un wants peace -- and is apparently now trying to arrange a the f-a-a has approved a boeing plan to redesign the batteries for its 787 dreamliners. boeing says it will re- minimize the chances of a short circuit. they're talking about better insulation and a new venting system. the 787 fleet has been uary. after a battery fire on one plane. another. more flights at smaller airlines are arriving late. 81 percent of flights arrived within 14 minutes of the scheduled time this past january. that's down from 83-point- seven percent a year ago. on-time rating. as for the worst -- frontier, express jet and american eagle all did nasa now thinks that mars was once capable of supporting very simple formsthe discovery was made by the curiosity mars rover, which arrived on the red 4's charles clifford has more. >> reporter: for the past few months the curiosity rover has been exploring an area just north of the martian equator...here...near what's called the gal
rodman talking about his visit to north korea. why he says the leader, kim jong un wants president obama to do one thing, only one thing he said. martha: the husband of former congresswoman gabrielle giffords expected to testify in support of a key gun control measure in colorado. a lee alicialicia acuna live from denver. what are they looking at today. >> they are actually debating seven different gun control measures today. four of them have already been approved by the colorado state house. former shuttle commander mark kelly will be in denver to testify in support of one those measures which calls for mandatory background checks on all private gun sales and transfers. kelly testified before congress earlier this year you'll remember and the woman who tackled the tucson gunman who shot kelly's wife, congresswoman gabrielle giffords will also testify in support of another bill that will ban high capacity magazines of more than 15 rounds. >> i'm a republican and i want to see these bills passed, because they are the right thing to do. >> we are allowing politics to take away the safety
this is a well-worn pattern of bellicose threats of north korea's young leader, kim jong-un who warned his artillery and rocket forces have entered a combat posture. the u.s. military is concerned about anything that might destabilize the area. and that he's taking rhetoric where it shouldn't go. and the new provocation plan, but would create a better combined structure between the u.s. and south koreans. and the u.s. is concerned because of advances in north korean long range rocket technology as evidenced by this satellite launch in december. its he row sent nuclear tests and now today's threat to place 20,000 long range artillery units on high alert. the u.s. and south korea are caring out their annual military exercises until april 30th and the pentagon is concerned that after those exercises end, that kim jong-un will be forced to do something provocative to show that these are not empty threats. during the current exercises the u.s. military has flown b-52 flights over north korea. the recent on march 25th, yesterday, according to the pentagon and remember they're capable of carrying
this kim jong-un is not being well received. and i think they are trying to kind of boost his status to some sort of wartime leader. owe obviously, it bears very close watching. >> this just the latest sign of the rising tensions between the two koreas. the north has put its military units on combat-ready status following joint military exercises between south korea and the united states and the recent united nations sanctions against the north. man through chance is at the border between north and south korea. good morning, matthew. >> reporter: carol, good morning. that's right. a lot of tension is growing here. those latest statements coming from north korea. saying they've cut off that key hot line between the two militaries north and south. it's significant because there aren't that many opportunities for the two militaries which face off across that border. to communicate with each other. and so, this is obviously, you know, going to impact potentially on communication between the two sides, particularly over the -- what's calls the industrial complex. that's where the hot line
leader kim jong-un this week and they had dinner and partied it up a little bit and he was with the harlem globetrotters before leaving the country. the former nba star had this to say about kim jong-un. >> he's proud. his country likes him. not likes him, loves him. >> yes. i love him. that guy is awesome. >> i've got quite a bit to say about this particular diplomatic trip. i will share my thoughts on that in our next hour. still to come, though, when a threat might not be a threat and what it means for the white house press corps and what it says about us. plus, the college of cardinals will gather monday, who are the favorites to succeed pope benedict xvi. >>. you're watching msnbc the place for politics and the place for papal politics, as well. [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can
jong-un, anyone is thinking, you chave to assume that perhaps north korea does have something up its sleeve. >> i know you have, of course, been to the dmz which was created by the cease fire. i went about a year ago when president obama was visiting and it was sort of -- it's almost, i would say, incomprehensible to imagine that this sort of what has governed the creation of this demilitarized zone could sort of vanish in a way. what is the response, anna, from washington and seoul to these latest threats? >> yeah. just on the dmz, brianna. you are talking about a strip of land some 250 kilometers long and 50 kilometers wide. north and south korea take up 50 kilometers each. you stand there literally there are north korean troops looking back at you. the north korean military has something like 1.2 million soldiers. what is their downfall is their navy and their air force. you speak to the experts, brianna, and they would say that north korea would be committing suicide by launching an attack on south korea because, as we know, south korea is very much protected by the united states
of kim jong un the young lad oblgtd to be deterred. this is also about iran? >> that is right. officials say they will explore through new sites for ground based intercepters. the u.s. is planning to deploy a new radar in japan for early warning and tracking all to counter a quickly growing threat. >> today i'm nfg a series of steps the united states will take to stay ahead of challenge posed by iran and north korea on longer range missile capabilities. >> the plan is to have everything in place by 2017. >> we're also starting to get reaction from capitol hill and some critics. >> reporter: that is right. we told you so by critic. as for congress, a senator calls it a step in the right direction. a senator from alaska is pleased that putting his home state on the map. he says the obama administration should have known sooner. >> they misdiagnosed what was happening in the region in terms of what heavily sanctioned country determined to acquire these capabilities could do. one silver lining at this point is perhaps missile defense has bipartisan support. >> reporter: earlier reaction show
.s. military bases in japan and qualm. this happening on the same day kim jong-un over saw life military drills. they held their annual military drills. a manhunt underway in texas this morning. this 17-year-old shot and injured two police officers and then took off. the officers were responding to a call in a family home of he had a teen. he pulled a gun from his waist band and fired. both officers were hit. they are in stable condition. we know the marines of the killed in nevada. the men from a base in north carolina were training when a mortgager round went off inside the tube. the youngest victim was 19 years old private first class josh martino. he joined in july but he dreamed about it most of his life. lance corporal william wild joined in 2010 following his father's foot steps. >> we support him 100 percent. always a little bit of fear. when he went to afghanistan we were scared. that was his dream and he chased it. >> 8 other people were killed in that accident -- hurt, rather in that accident. >>> an update on a story we brought you yesterday. a proud father posted this picture of h
military bases in japan and guam if provoked. this comes a day after kim jong-un conducted a mock drone strike on south korea. >>> live pictures now from chicago where the hiring our heroes job fair just kick off. this is the second anniversary of the program that helps find jobs for veterans and military spouses. the program has a goal of hiring 500,000 veterans by the end of 2014. at today's event, more than 75 employers are on site, and they are ready, as you can see, to conduct interviews. >>> a team searching the waters of the atlantic discovered what they believe are two of the engines from apollo 11. that's the rocket that first landed on the moon in 1969. amazon founder jeff bezos privately founded that search. they were found about 360 miles east of the launch pad three miles deep. they're expected to be brought back to port today. eventually, they'll be put on display. >>> and what would you think if your employer said you have to report your weight or be charged extra to be a part of the company's health plan? more and more companies are adopting these policies. >>> well n th
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kim jong un is willing to take to show not only the world but the powerful people in his own country how tough he is. north korea is cutting a military hot line and delivering a sobering message via state tv. >> the korean peninsula is now in a simmering nuclear war. >> if there is an escalation of tensions, the opportunity to use the crisis management tools are gone. >> reporter: a pentagon official called pyongyang's actions a complete mystery. an intelligence official says the u.s. is trying to figure out if it is just rhetoric or if the bluster is being driven by something behind the scenes. >> the north koreans aren't going to achieve anything through these threats and provocations. >> reporter: one analyst says this could be a test. >> it's almost like kim jong un is taking a book of flinches and carefully documenting at which point his adversaries do flinch. >> john park says kim's father would do something provocative then sit back and milk it for more time. the son is showing a new leadership style. kim jong un launched a long-range rocket and quickly followed up with a nucl
a recent tour of north korea with a message for president obama from north korean leader kim jong-un. the message, "call me." here's what jay carney and lauraling hlaura ling had to say about this. >> instead of spending money on celebrity sporting events to entertain the elites of that country, the north korean regime should focus on the well-being of its own people who have been starved, imprisoned and denied their human rights. >> the fact that he was a guest of kim jong-un who was clearly wining and dining him and showing him the best that pyongyang had to offer, you know, i wasn't exactly shocked by it, let's say. it's dennis rodman, after all. >> rodman may be taking a beating from the white house, but he did get a lot closer to kim jong-un than most u.s. diplomats ever have. when the two sat court side at a basketball game in north korea. >>> they can open up without warning. we're talking about these awful sinkholes. last week a man fell in claiming his life. coming up, our cameras go underground to take you inside a real sinkhole. >>> plus, the strange standoff at sea over a
kim jong un. rodman is there filming "basketball diplomacy." >>brian: you know what kim jong un said? he believes it can bring our countries closer together. they hit it off. they had that magic. >>steve: can we live without him? >>gretchen: he's been out of the news for awhile. i think we can hand him over there for a couple of years. see if he can get something done. >>brian: we'll follow dennis rodman. also if we have time, sequester talk. no deal as of late. the deadline without lawmakers reaching a deal. at 11:59 tonight it will kick in. >> remember, large majorities of both houses of congress voted in favor of the budget control act knowing that if the debt-reducing super committee failed then sequestration was possible. that super committee did fail back in 2011 and fast forward to yesterday when congress adjourned for the weekend with no deal in place to avoid the automatic cuts that go into effect by midnight. republican senator lindsay graham said the white house and congress share the blame for what's coming. >> you've got one obligation that nobody in this body has. you'r
korea. take a look at this. you see people nearly weeping we motion and troops run toward kim jong-un apparently in a near frenzy to honor him. they go waist deep into the water. they run right in. it happened during his recent visit to the border with south korea. north korea, meanwhile, is ramping up the threats. it's testing a dangerous new missile that has a potential range of 3,000 miles and it's even warning of a preemptive nuclear strike. >>> and from overseas to outer space, if you've ever wanted to see a comet without a telescope or binoculars, you might get your chance next week. it could be visible with the naked eye in the northern hemisphere on tuesday just after sunset. it's been visible with a telescope for a while now in the southern hemisphere. scientists say naked-eye comets happen once every five to ten years. i think it makes a space geek out of all of us. >> we're all space geeks when you think about the asteroids, the meteors and the comet. >> that's right. if the comet isn't enough for you, we do have another asteroid headed our way. >> yes, we do. it won't hit
testified kim jong un urging front line troops to be on maximum alert for confrontation after north korea's invalidate the armistice. >> the rhetoric while it is propaganda laced indicator of attitude and intent. for my part i'm very concerned about what they might do and they are certainly, if they so chose, could initiate a provocative action against the south. >> iran lawmakers told international sections are evening the iranian people but not impacting the nuclear program. >> sanctions are having huge impact on iran. at least to this point the sanctions thus far have not induced a change in iranian government policy. >> intelligence officials say iran wants nuclear program for security and regional influenced ing that they just don't know whether a final decision will ultimately be made to build a nuclear weapon, shep. >> shepard: and al qaeda came up as well, right, cat? >> that's right. al qaeda's core leadership in pakistan is on the decline. lawmakers we're told ability to strike inside the u.s. in doubt. al qaeda ideology is finding new followers in north and west africa. with fa
hearing on global threats. clapper said north korea's young leader, kim jong un, is proving unpredictable. his regime recently staged a long-range missile launch and nuclear test, and has threatened a nuclear strike against the u.s. . >> the rhetoric propaganda-laced is also an indicator of their attitude and perhaps their intent. for my part i am very concerned about what they might do and they are certainly if they so chose could initiate provocative action against the south. >> sreenivasan: clapper also warned that across-the-board spending cuts are hurting the intelligence budget and jeopardizing national security. five american troops were killed in afghanistan last night, when their blackhawk helicopter crashed. it happened outside kandahar city in the south. nato said an investigation was under way, but initial reports showed no enemy activity in the area. two other americans also died yesterday, shot by an afghan policeman. there's a new health warning out about the commonly used antibiotic zithromax. the food and drug administration said today it can cause a potentially fatal irr
dictator kim jong-un saying north korea is not a paper tiger. it wouldn't be smart to dismiss its provocative behavior as pure bluster. this is serious. and outfront tonight, matthew chance, on the island of pyeongyo pyeongyong. how big of a step is the move to server the military hotline? >> well, they've done that before. but it's still a pretty big step. there are more than a million troops facing up against each other across one of the most volatile borders in the world. and so there are very few channels of communications between those two militaries. so when one of them is severed like this, obviously increases the possibility of a miscalculation of a misstep that could potentially escalate into something more serious. and that's one of the big concerns now. there's so little trust between the two sides, so little opportunity for them to communicate and coordinate. that could lead to something very dangerous indeed, erin. >> matthew, some people might say what were the hotlines really used for if they were only for emergencies? maybe they weren't really used. maybe this isn'
are high after north korea's leader kim jong un threatened to attack the u.s. and south korea with nuclear weapons. >>> banks in cyprus opened today for the first time in two weeks following a near meltdown of the country's banking sector. the banks reopened under very tight controls imposed on large depositors and others as part of a rescue package to prevent the country from defaulting. >>> lawyers for oscar pistorius won a victory as the judge lifted the tight bail restrictions after he was charged with premeditated murder of his girlfriend. with today's ruling, pistorius will get his passport back and will be able to compete overseas. >>> this week, north dakota became the latest state to challenge roev. wade, moving to ban abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy on the heels of arkansas and other states chipping away at abortion access. those caught up in the debate think that abortion could soon be headed back to the supreme court. is that a good thing? joining me planned parenthood president, cecille richards joining me from new york. good to see you. >> great to see you. >> w
jong-un approves a plan to prepare standby rockets to hit u.s. targets. that move comes after those american stelt bombers flu to south korea to carry out a military exercise yesterday just about 50 miles from the north korean border. >>> as the ground continues to rumble and crumble, people north of seattle will have to decide real soon whether they should stay or whether they should get out. a massive landslide has put several homes there at risk. one home has already been lost. homeowners are telling cnn that they moved here for the view and now they're having to move things out. this was not the view they say they had anticipated. >>> okay. this is from the creepy file, folks. take a close look. do you see anything strange? ordinary guy? just maybe a little animated, maybe not animated enough? let me tell you, he's 100% animated. this is not a real live human being. this is a graphic animation. so incredibly realistic, developed by the company called activision. and revealed at a gaming conference just this week. you can look for this face or a face that's sort of like it coming
just the elites in north korea, the regime elite, kim jong-un and his close advisors. but the problem with all of these they depend on china for enforcement and china has enforced sanctions at times briefly. for instance, after north korea's first nuclear test in 2006 but then it always lets things slide. china specifically rejected including a ban on oil exports in this round of sanctions which is the only thing that would really bring north korea to heel. what looks like new and a lot of diplomatic kerr fluff melissa: they target elite as you say. ban importing julie, luxury yachts, racing cars to north korea. at the same time though, 35% of the population suffers from malnutrition. so it seems like, i think, i don't know, how big of a difference do these sanctions make? >> right. they will make very little. north korea, one of two ways the country, the regime survivors, -- survives, extorting financial assistance, foreign aid, energy aid from countries like the united states and south korea but they have a big trade in illicit goods, counterfeit pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs traff
is that friend who can't keep a secret. the north korean dictator kim jong un just learned that the hard way. rodman told the british tabloid "the sun" that kim jong un's wife kept talking about her beautiful daughter during his trip there when he and kim became bffs. rumors of kim's secret daughter have swirled for a couple years but north korea never confirmed she existed. >>> now our sports lead. march madness is as much about big money as hoops. politicians here in d.c. are seeing dollar signs whether they filled out a bracket or not. the regionals of the ncaas will happen in washington blocks from the capitol. many polpoliticians are using t as an angle to hold fundraisers. the sun light foundation has gotten its hand on a few invites and says it costs from a grand to $5,000 to get into these events. i'm jake tapper. tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern think about the money that could be made off the munchies alone talking about the big business of marijuana. i leave you now in the able hands of wolf blitzer next door to me in "the situation room." >>> jake, thanks very much. happening now, b
north korean leader kim jong-un. in an interview with the uk sun rodman called him, i guess they're on a first basis, a big kid who loves disco, michael jackson and basketball. rodman says kim asked him to deliver a message to president obama, if we can talk, we can work this out. toes are his words. rodman claims the military elite is behind all that tough talk. he also revealed that kim and his wife reportedly have a second child. a baby girl. i know, john, look at the look on his face. >> i'm still thinking of these 15 minutes for dennis rodman have gone on for an hour and 15 minutes. it's too much. i don't know if we knew kim jong-un had a second child. maybe dennis rodman is providing key intelligence now. although i doubt it. >> absolutely. >> dennis rodman providing key intelligence. >> those words have never been spoken. ahead on "starting point" march madness begins. and it is already starting off mad, and frankly bad for me. >> i am actually way ahead of you in brackets. they're used to hoots and hollers, why these ball girls got booed. i had enough of feeling embarrass
up to kim jong-un and the blood shed in syria spilled into neighborhood are boing iraq all the while the secretary of state john kerry has been traveling the state on this, his first official overseas trip. our jill dougherty had a chance to be with him on the trip and sat down with him in doha qatar. >> reporter: wolf, it's part of an overall plan. at the last stop on his 11-day nine-mission trip, john kerry said, don't look for the united states to send weapons to syrian opposition fighters any time soon. the concern by the administration has been if you send arms to the syrian opposition, they would be diverted into the hands of the extremists. now, monday you said there's a very clear ability now -- >> a syrian opposition to make certain that what goes to the moderate, legitimate opposition is in fact getting to them. >> reporter: so if that's the case, then what is the problem? >> president always has options and has the right to adjust the policy as he goes forward. at the moment, this is the calibration that the president believes is correct to try to give the opportunity for
is questioning the stability of north korean leader kim jong-un. congressman mike rogers, the chairman of the house intelligence committee, appearing on cnn's "state of the union." >> you have a 28-year-old leader, who is trying to prove himself to the military, and the military eager to have a saber rattling for their own self-interest. >> some analysts are now openly questioning whether or not kim jong-un is even in charge of north korea or if it's the military that's really in control now. >>> louisiana governor is uninjured in a car accident last night in baton rouge. bobby jindal was on the way home from his son's soccer game when state police say a truck made an illegal u-turn and sideswiped his vehicle. he says the governor is fine but a state trooper went to the hospital with some minor injuries. >>> one -- here we go. >> oh! >> so success of sorts. a controlled implosion near austin, texas, brought the old bridge down. but what you can't see is that shrapnel from this blast cut a fiber optic cable. that knocked out cell phone and some land line service in three 911 centers. ve
korea. yesterday rodman watched a basketball game with dictator kim jong un after which he had sushi called him, "an awesome guy" but rodman went even further calling his father, kim jong il, "a great leader," despite the fact that north korea has one of the lowest-ranking human rights records of any country and is clearly not a friend of the usa. rodman left the country today after five apparently glorius days with his new bff meantime, rodman owes more than $500,000 in back child faces jail time if he doesn't pay it he is facing jail time to take a look this was serena williams watching tiger woods and rory mcelvoy with drwel blamed it on a toothace and a isodom tooth. joe flacco is getting paid ravens quarterback and super bowl mvp joe flacco is on the verge of signing the richest deal ever for a quarterback. once it becomes official - likely monday - flacco's average salary will be right around $20 million per year. flacco played out his rookie contract which paid him $6.76 million last year flacco has led the ravens to the playoffs each of his first five seasons - the first qb i
becomes the first american kim jong un has met since taking power over a year ago. he will need to brush up on his geography before his next diplomatic mission because he wrote, quote, maybe i'll run into that gangnam style dude while i'm here. psy is, of course, south crkore. he actually invited him to the united states. the state department may have something to say on that. >> he will appear on "celebrity apprentice," kim jong un. >> that would be great. >> i wish i could take that away right now. >> leave an open iing for gary busey to go over there and run the country. >> we'll take that flop. >> could you really tell them apart? not really. >>> big storm system in the pacific northwest bringing a lot of rain. in fact, we're talking in some parts of the puget sound area up to five inches of rain. the storm system effecting this will be along the midatlantic coast next week. european model has been making its way up the coast. and it could be a significant snow storm for the midatlantic. not so much necessarily for new york city, but anywhere from norfolk to washington, d.c., philade
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